With the All-In-Wonder X1800XL ATI has created a card that sits just as confortable in a MediaPC as a gaming-PC. Support for both analogue and DVB-T channels as well as true RGBScart, DVI, VGA and Component output makes it an ideal card for anyone who wants to get the best possible image to their TV.
Old AIW-cards used to have a pretty bulky big metallic tuner. The AIW 1800XL however uses a new tuner, the Microtune 2121. This tuner is much smaller is a small silicon chip under a flat gold plated metallic housing.
The Microtune 2121 Tuner includes all active circuitry required to implement total RF functionality, making it the world’s first complete RF/amplifier siliconfront end. It works seamlessly with all analog and digital demodulators, requires minimal external components, and contains no manually tunable parts. The Microtune 2121 Tuner contains all active functions required to receive RF onchip. It not only receives and tunes the RF signal, but also enhances it for distribution through the rest of the video decoding process. The tuner features low phase noise, low noise figure, high linearity and approximately 1½ watts of power consumption.The Microtune 2121 Tuner offers many benefits over other tuner implementations. Most importantly the chip offers quality advantages, power savings, and space savings. Another benefit of using fewer components is lower power usage. Today’s graphics cards demand an ever increasing amount of power, therefore saving power wherever possible is essential to the future of the power hungry, high performance cards. The Microtune 2121 Tuner is able to generate a power savings of 11% over older tuners. Today’s graphics cards are demanding more and more space on the PCB since faster processors require more parts, therefore space savings is very important to future generations of multimedia video cards. By reducing the required surface area by 20% the Microtune 2121 Tuner will easily fit into more graphics cards solutions.
In addition to these two programs ATI of course include their own Multimedia software Multimedia Center. MMC lets you watch TV, watch DVD’s, listen to Radio, listen to Music, watch recorded videos and watch images, all with the help of a remote. The program also allows you to stream video over a network to another ATI-card.
- Albatron K8N-SLI motherboard
- AMD64 3200+
- 1 GB DRAM
- 80 GB Matrox HD
- Sony DVD-RW
- Arisetek Accent H200B case
The meny lets you choose from the various functions
You can check the info about the current broadcast
The AIW X1800XL also works directly under MCE 2005 which means that if you feel that ATI’s Multimedia Center isn’t good enough you can pop it into a PC with MCE 2005 and use its nice interface.
+ One-slot design
- MMC could need a upgrade